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Why You Should and Need to Strength Train

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by Allie Voss

The health benefits of strength training extend far beyond weight management and aesthetics. Strength training increases bone density, halts muscle loss, helps boost your metabolic rate, helps control blood sugar, improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, builds a stronger heart, and helps improve balance and coordination.

What is Strength Training?
Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.

Types of Strength Training
Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. There are two types of resistance training, Isometric resistance and Isotonic strength training. Isotonic strength training involves contracting your muscles through a range of motion as in weight lifting. Isometric resistance involves contracting your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push-up.

Who Should Lift Weights?
According to Time Magazines Special Edition titled “The Science of Exercise,” the average American flat-out loathes strength training. While about half of people do the recommended amount of aerobic activity each week, only 20% also do the muscle-strengthening moves that work major muscle groups. In short everyone should strength train because of all the benefits associated with it.

Where Do I Start?
It can be a little intimidating at first if you don’t know where to start, but understanding the basics can help you feel confident. If you are new to strength training or need help or guidance with your workouts seek out one of the Personal Trainers here at the club. We can design a strength-training program that will be safe and effective for you.

Written by:

Aldrin D’Souza
Personal Trainer and Instructor
Calhoun Beach Club

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